Philly QFest This Weekend

Movie blogger Aaron Mettey's film festival picks

Last night marked the opening of Philadelphia QFest—the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender film festival on the East Coast. This festival, which continues through Monday, July 19th, will have some of the best new features, documentaries, and shorts of the genre. There are dozens of films playing this weekend; here are my recommendations.

Visit the festival’s website for up-to-date show times, complete film listings, and ticket information. Note: Many screenings will sell out fast!

So far the critical reaction has been a bit mixed. But how can you pass up seeing James Franco and Mary-Louise Parker in a take on the Allen Ginsberg classic?
July 9th, 9:45 p.m. at Ritz East
July 11th, 2:30 p.m. at Ritz at the Bourse

Beautiful Darling: The Life and Times of Candy Darling, Andy Warhol Superstar
Another character from the dizzying world of Andy Warhol.
July 10th, 2:30 p.m. at Ritz East
July 11th, 9:15 p.m. at Ritz East

The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister
Honestly? This had me at “BBC Presents.”
July 11th, 7:00 p.m. at Ritz East

Handsome Harry
Jamey Sheridan, Aidan Quinn, Campell Scott, and Steve Buscemi star in this ensemble drama examining life in the Navy and the regret that stems from betrayal.
July 11th, 7:30 p.m. at Ritz at the Bourse
July 14th, 5:00 p.m. at Ritz East